Bedford Ward by-election

Following the resignation of Councillor Fleur Anderson there will be a by-election in Bedford Ward on 6 May 2021.

Standing for election

The Statement of Persons Nominated below shows who is standing for election at the by-election:

How to vote

There are three ways you can vote.

At your polling station

Before Thursday 6 May 2021, you will be sent a ‘poll card’ with details of your polling station. You can only vote at the polling station named on this card. You do not have to take your poll card with you to the polling station but it will help staff if you do.

Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm on Thursday 6 May. You should aim to arrive in plenty of time to cast your vote. Staff at the polling station can help you understand your ballot papers if required.

The election team are working very hard to make sure polling stations will be as safe as possible to vote at on 6 May. Do not vote in person if you feel unwell.

What you can do to help keep yourself and others safe:

  • Wear a face covering unless you are exempt
  • Clean your hands - hand sanitiser will be available
  • Observe social distancing and one-way systems
  • Bring your own pen or pencil

If you cannot go to the polling station in person, you can apply to vote by post or by proxy.

By post

Your ballot papers will be sent to you in advance of election day. Mark your votes and send them back so they arrive before 10pm on Thursday 6 May 2021. You must remember to complete the security declaration with your signature and date of birth.

If you do not get your votes back in time, they will not be counted. If you have forgotten to post them, you can take your completed postal vote (in the envelope provided) to a polling station in the ward on Thursday 6 May between 7am and 10pm.

The deadline for receiving new postal vote applications and for changes to existing postal or proxy votes is 5pm on 20 April 2021. See vote by post for further information.

Using a proxy

If you are not able to get to your polling station you can ask someone you trust to be your proxy.

This means they can vote on your behalf but you will need to tell them who you want to vote for. They will also need to attend your designated polling station.

The deadline for receiving new applications to vote by proxy (not postal proxy or emergency proxies) is 5pm on 27 April 2021. The deadline for receiving emergency proxy applications is 5pm on 6 May 2021. See vote by proxy for further information.

Official notices

Below are notices which we are either required to publish or contain useful information about the election: